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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

The European Health Insurance Card is FREE OF CHARGE from the HSE

Make sure yours is valid before your European holiday

The HSE has reminded people visiting Europe during the holiday period to make sure to take a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with them. If you or a member of your family becomes ill while in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, the card will ensure easy access to public healthcare and medical services.

People who have an EHIC already should check it's still in date and can use the HSE website,, where you can renew online or make a new application. You can also apply for your EHIC at the HSE's Local Health Offices or Health Centres.

The EHIC is completely free of charge via the HSE website

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

planning move on septic tank remediation measures

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has welcomed news from the Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Jan O'Sullivan TD, that where remediation works need to be carried out on septic tanks, no planning permission will be necessary. Deputy Coffey said this is a sensible move that will allay the fears of many people around the country and will put to bed the scaremongering that has gone on in recent months by opportunistic Opposition politicians.

"The septic tank charge was initiated by this Government in response to a European Court of Justice Ruling of October 2009, which meant that Ireland was liable for a once off lump-sum fine of€2.6 million followed by daily fines of€26,000. This was a prime example of the mess that the previous Government left this

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013


Sometimes life makes us feel small. Perhaps you know the feeling of not being good enough, successful enough, educated enough, paid enough or fit enough?

In Psalm 8 we find words to help.

Yet, the Psalmist begins by emphasizing our smallness. He reminds us of the greatness of God and his creation (v.1-3). As we look on his glorious creation we get a glimpse of the great glory of the Creator, just as we understand some of the genius of an artist by considering his handiwork.

If you have ever studied the sky on a starry night and felt small you know where the Psalmist is coming from when he asks,

"When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

"So much more than Guinness and potatoes"

Waterford will feature in the fifth episode of 'A Taste of Ireland' programme which will air on Tuesday 9th July on TV3 at 7.30pm. This will be the fifth episode which was filmed in Ireland, for Lyndey Milan, one of Australia's most recognised food, wine and lifestyle personalities who reveals that beyond the stunning scenery and wonderful characters, we are a country rich in exciting fresh produce and delicious food, which is not known to many outside Ireland. Lyndey's visit to Ireland was assisted by tourism bodies Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland and her itinerary included a visit to counties Waterford, Mayo, Cork, Fermanagh, Galway, Clare, Dublin and Belfast.

In the upcoming programme Lyndey dives into her Waterford excursion at the

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Fruit to suit busy lifestyles and "1 of your 5 a day"

Sile Seoige takes time out of her busy schedule to enjoy Keelings' new fruit Snack Pots. Keelings identified a distinct gap in the market for individual fresh fruit portions for people leading busy lifestyles who want to incorporate "1 of their 5 a day" into their daily diet. Keelings' Snack Pot varieties include, Blueberries, Strawberries, Cherries, Mixed Berries and Grapes. Snack Pots are now available in Dunnes and Superquinn stores nationwide. Introductory offer of 2 for€3 for a limited time.

In the lead up to Snack Pots' development, Keelings completed an extensive market research project to understand current fruit snacking behaviour within the Irish market. Speaking about the company's latest product innovation, David Keeling commented "The reality for

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Kater4Kidz Cookery and Nutrition Academy in the Presentation Primary School

We all know what healthy foods our kids should be eating, but how do we get them onboard? We teach them why food is healthy and get them involved in making their own food. Local business, Kater4Kidz Cookery and Nutrition Academy, have taken this on board and run a programme that is a combination of the theory of nutrition and practical hands on cooking. The first course has just been completed by 5th class in the Presentation Primary School and has been hugely successful. All the children were fully engaged in the programme which involved a learning element that explains to the children why they need to eat healthy food in terms of how food supports the a healthy body. The second part of the programme are practical sessions that are

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

As Part Of Bike Week

On Sunday 23rd June from 2-4pm, The People’s Park in Waterford City will

come alive with high-flying BMX action. Bike Week and Waterford Sports Partnership present 'Jam in the Park', an event being held as part of national Bike Week.

This year will see an extra 'Jam' included for the guys on the Scooters! Riders are encouraged to enter this event, free of charge and witness local BMX talent exhibit their skills and tricks.

A range of spot prizes up will be up for grabs. The 'Jam' will be judged by Waterford legend, Jason Phelan, who will also entertain

us with an exhibition of his skills. Jason is a professional BMX rider, sponsored by Wethepeople Bikes and by Nike, who has now established himself as one of the hottest names on the BMX scene.

The Jam will consist of two categories-Novice

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Biblical perspectives for living


The title of this article is taken from the book of the same name written by R. Paul Stevens, Professor of Applied Theology and former pastor. The central thesis of his book is that God intends the whole church to be involved in ministry, not just the leaders. His views are solidly grounded in Scripture.

Since Vatican II, there has been considerable discussion concerning greater inclusion of "the laity" within Catholicism. However, in 1994, the late Jerry Joyce, P.P. could write that with the exception of the adoption of the vernacular language "all the work of the council has yet to begin." Writing in 2011, Jesuit scholar Gerry O'Hanlon highlighted the church's failure to empower the laity in accordance with Vatican II: "On a whole host of issues, the thrust of the council, far from

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013


To celebrate European Neighbours' Day Respond! Housing Association organised a Dèise Blaa Lunch time at their head offices in Airmount, Dominick Place Waterford on Friday 31st May 2013 for staff and residents from the city including; Airmount, Luke Court, Aisling Court, Francis Court, Spring Gardens and Oak Crescent Tramore, Waterford.

This year marked the 13th anniversary of Neighbours' Day, since it was launched in Paris in 2000 and was celebrated by several million people in Europe. Neighbours' Day was also supported by more than 1,400 partners (city councils, housing organisations and local associations) in more than 30 countries!. 2013 European Neighbours Day gathered 12 million people across the region, who wish to highlight the necessity to build communities in order to beat isolation.

According to Chief Operations Officer, Ned Brennan; "Neighbourliness is at the

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Access to health services

Question: I am an EU citizen, working in Ireland on a two-year contract and paying tax and PRSI. I was wondering what health service benefits I am entitled to while living here. Do I need to take out private health insurance?

Answer: As an EU citizen working in Ireland, you are entitled to receive the same level of health care as Irish citizens. The resident population is divided into two groups for the purposes of eligibility for health services - medical card holders and people who don't have a medical card.

You are only entitled to a medical card if your income is below a certain level. The medical card allows you to receive certain health services free of charge, including free visits to the GP. There is also a GP Visit Card, which covers free GP visits: the

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Letters to the Editor


    Perfidious AlbionThe recent statement by the UK’s Brexit Minister responsible for their leaving the European Union David Davis really threw a spanner in the political works last week. His remark that the joint text agreed between the UK and the EU concerning a soft Brexit for Ireland was more a statement of intent rather than the legal enforceable international agreement between both parties caused consternation in Europe and Ireland.Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was quick to …

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